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About Scuba Diving in France

Scuba Diving in France is suitable for the beginner to the advanced, every type of diver will love to jump into the waters off the southern or northern coasts of France, as well as Corsica. There are many dive sites to choose from, so whether you are looking for a reef dive filled with marine life, an adventurous cave dive, or a historical wreck dive, France has you covered and you will find exactly what you are seeking. You can even experience thrilling night dives in France.

Dive off of the southern part of France into the Mediterranean Sea to experience reef diving, wreck diving, and warmer waters. Or head into the northern part of the country where you can dive off the beaches of Normandy and take in some of the World War II wrecks available there.

Cap Ferrat in Southern France offers great wall dives

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When to Dive in France

The best time to dive in France is from June through September. However, water temperatures are highest in the Mediterranean from April through October or November, so most dive shops operate within those months. Nevertheless, if conditions are suitable, diving can actually take place all year round, even in the northern parts of France. Visibility in some of the waters off of France can be compared to that of tropical destinations. Typically, the southern parts of France experience a Mediterranean climate that enjoys hot summers and mild winters, while areas that are further north get colder.

Dive Sites Found in France

  • Bay of Villefranche (East Side) – Several dive sites in this area cater to all levels of divers, from beginners seeking shallow reef dives to advanced divers who are comfortable in deeper waters, all rich with sea life.
  • Nice – This area of France offers several dive sites that are great for all levels of divers who want to explore the vital reef system, including corals and gorgonians.
  • St. Jean Cap Ferrat – This impressive dive site features incredible underwater cliffs that any diver will be inspired by.
  • Bay of Villefranche (West Side) – Yet another area of France that offers more than one dive site, every level of diver can explore its coral cave called Grotte à Corail, which has red coral growing along its ceiling, but you need a torch to travel through it.
  • Cap Estel – This dive site is full of sea life of all kinds, including gorgonians, and it also features tunnels and gullies that are fun for every level of diver.
  • Aroca Tiquia – The rock formations in this site, which is also filled with caves and canyons, are teeming with marine life, but only advanced divers should venture into its potentially strong currents.

Diving the wreck of the WWII submarine named "Le Rubis" in the south eastern France.

Marine Life Found in France

The marine life in France is as diverse as the dive sites available to underwater adventurers. You can encounter everything from intricate reefs that feature diverse species of corals, gorgonians, and sponges, to myriad fish species including groupers, cuttlefish, scorpion fish, moonfish, and barracudas. You can also find moray eels, conger eels, octopus, starfish, tube worms, sea urchins, and rays, including stingrays.

How to Get to France

France is very easy to get to by plane from anywhere in the world. If you are flying in from outside of Europe, you are most likely going to land in the Charles de Gaulle International Airport located in Paris. There are several other airports throughout France that receive international flights from other European nations and North Africa. You can also arrive in France by boat from England.

In addition, there are European trains that operate to and from France, so if you are already in Europe, that is another option if you do not wish to fly. Or you can choose to arrive by bus or by car, simply crossing the border into France.

Non diving activities in France

France is one of Europe’s most famous and most popular countries, visited by tourists from around the world every day of the year. It is known for its culture, history, art, and cuisine, and people are able to take it all in as they enjoy the cities, travel into the natural landscapes throughout the country, climb mountains, or dive into the waters that surround it for some swimming or snorkeling.

From dining to shopping and nightlife, there is always something to do in this country, and you may even find romance while you are there. Some of the most popular sites in France include the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe.

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

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